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Overview

Before joining the firm, Jonas was a jury consultant.  He picked juries and conducted mock trial research for a wide variety of cases, including breach of contract, patent, and real estate disputes.  He joined the firm in 2014, as a trial and appellate attorney.

Jonas is a talented oral advocate.  Here is an audio recording of an oral argument and here is the result.  At trial, he has delivered opening arguments and conducted key direct and cross examinations.  He has taken over 35 depositions, including corporate representatives, engineers and experts.  He has briefed and argued multiple appeals and dozens of district court motions, including summary judgment motions and critical evidentiary motions.

Jonas graduated from Stanford Law School in 2009, with a joint master’s degree in psychology.  For his master’s thesis (covered in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog) he studied how trial attorneys can predict jury damages awards by averaging the opinions of many attorneys (the “wisdom of crowds”).

Education

  • Stanford Law School, (J.D. Order of the Coif, 2009)
  • Stanford University, (M.A. psychology, 2009)
  • Princeton University, (B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005)

Notable Cases

Represents a real estate developer and lender in a breach of contract action concerning the intentional breach of a $165 million contract to design and build the “New York Wheel,” the largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere.  The case is pending in the Southern District of New York.

Represents a class of over 800,000 consumers in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against a multi-level marketing company that made millions of illegal robocalls.  Together with Simon Franzini, Greg Dovel, and Julien Adams, Jonas tried the case in Oregon federal court.  The jury returned a $925 million verdict for the plaintiffs.

Represented plaintiff Mirror Worlds Technologies in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas against Apple, Microsoft, and computer manufacturers.  The case involved document storage, search, and display technology developed by Yale Professor David Gelernter and Dr. Eric Freeman.  Apple sought to preclude Mirror Worlds from bringing suit based on a prior lawsuit between Mirror Worlds and Apple.  We defeated Apple’s preclusion motions and successfully precluded Apple from challenging the patent’s validity.  An article about the outcome of the case is here.

Personal Facts

  • Jonas grew up in Boulder, Colorado.
  • He once performed a juggling show on a cruise ship, for an audience of 500.
  • He is happiest playing squash or running long distances in the mountains.

Joining Dovel & Luner

When I graduated from law school, I was interested in two things: trial advocacy and jury psychology.  Working as an associate at a large law firm would not have much to do with either of those things.  So I made an unconventional choice for a law student and went into jury consulting.

During the four years I spent doing jury consulting, I got to see how juries all over the country think about a wide variety of case types, from personal injury to patent.  And I got to see the many different styles of effective trial attorneys.  But after a few years, I wanted the challenge of doing the trials, rather than just advising on them.

I already knew I was not going to get what I wanted at a large firm.  Then I found Dovel.  It was a small firm, focused on trials, where associates get meaningful experience in complex, high-stakes cases.  And because it is an unconventional firm, they liked my unconventional background.

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